An Irish-American Odyssey: The Remarkable Rise of the by Colum Kenny

By Colum Kenny

The O’Shaughnessy brothers’ tale happens among 1860 and 1950 in Illinois, Missouri, ny, and eire. They have been the youngsters of an impoverished immigrant who fled the famine in eire and his Irish-American wife. An Irish-American Odyssey is the story of this first-generation immigrant family’s fight to assimilate into American society, highlighting their perseverance and backbone to grab possibilities and surmount stumbling blocks, the entire whereas developing a legacy for his or her personal descendants in American artwork, ads, journalism, and public service.

TIME journal referred to as James O’Shaughnessy “the top within the enterprise” of ads, and he turned the 1st leader government of the yank organization of ads organisations. prior, he used to be a “star” reporter on the Chicago Tribune, and James and Francis have been centrally all in favour of founding and preserving the Irish Fellowship membership. Francis was once additionally the 1st graduate of the college of Notre Dame to be invited to convey its annual graduation tackle, whereas Martin was once the 1st captain of Notre Dame’s professional basketball crew. An lawyer, John represented the alleged sufferer in a infamous “white slavery” case. Thomas (“Gus”) turned the top Gaelic Revival artist in the United States in addition to a promoter of Italian-American history, campaigning effectively to have Columbus Day enacted a public holiday.

The striking upward thrust of the O’Shaughnessy brothers proves the yank dream is attainable.

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The following year they opened a parochial school for boys in a two-room frame building. It was said later that Thomas O’Shaughnessy at the age of about fifteen made here for a local chapel his first stained glass window. If so, it was the beginning of a creative process that would reach its peak at Old St. Pat’s Church in Chicago decades later. By 1880 his brother James, aged fifteen, had left school and was working as a “clerk in store” in Moberly, perhaps in the shoe shop run by his father. James later wrote that he began his career writing advertisements for his father’s retail shoe store in a small town in Missouri.

19 Many American journalists were, at the outset, enthusiastic supporters of the war. A number not only filed reports, they actually participated in engagements. In some cases their exploits make those of today’s “embedded” journalists seem positively detached by comparison. “Then everybody sailed away as if on a crusade,” wrote the newspaper proprietor William Randolph Hearst. 20 Most knew little about military affairs. Yet one of the most highly regarded, Richard Harding Davis, even led a charge and won the praise of Colonel Theodore Roosevelt.

One involved him and a basket of mended socks and candied jellies “and other delicacies that home-sick boys like” that was sent by his mother but opened by some callous fellow residents. They pinned all of the articles to the banisters of the stairs along with little notes that his mother had sent about them. More humiliating than this for a young man was what ostensibly happened to James O’Shaughnessy. His “heart overflowed with sentiment” according to Johnson, and he developed a secret love for the schoolteacher.

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